DJI Phantom 4 Pro
DJI’s very latest Phantom is a class act on all fronts. It’s more aerodynamically styled than the Phantom 3 and comes with a veritable shedload of sci-fi features, including the Holy Grail of flight systems: four-sided obstacle avoidance. Yes, that’s right, this sleek bird now has extra sensors on the rear and the side so now any idiot can fly it towards a cliff face in any orientation and it’ll stop dead in its tracks. It will also avoid obstacles during its emergency return-to-home procedure and even follow the same route it took on the flight out. The battery’s been upgraded and enlarged, too, so now it’ll stay aloft for up to 30 minutes – ample time to take it to its phenomenal four-mile limit and back again.
And there’s more. Hop on your skis and it’ll track you using its new ActiveTrack feature or, if you’re a lazy flyer who can’t be arsed with using a remote controller, a touch of the app’s TapFly button will send it off in the direction of your choice, avoiding any solid obstacles en route. Other improvements include quick-release props and a new Sport mode that produces a top speed of 45mph.
DJI’s also developed a special remote controller with a built-in 5.5-inch screen that is twice as bright as a smartphone. But it’s the all-new camera that really blows the mind. How does a one-inch CMOS sensor (like that in the Sony RX100) capable of capturing 4K footage at a phenomenal 60 frames per second grab you? Or perhaps you’d like to try some cool slow motion stuff. Simple, this beauty shoots in 1080p at 120fps. The Mavic Pro is still the most convenient and complete camera drone on the market but this is the one to go for if you take your prosumer cinematography really seriously. Matchless.